Ohio SLMS Core Competencies

SLMS Core Competencies from the SLMS/Teacher Librarian Evaluation Rubric

Competencies identified through SLMS Performance EvaluationDefinitionExamples of Professional Development
AssessmentThe ability to create and use a tool to determine a student's mastery of a topic. Usually in conjunction with a content standard. (Ohio Teaching Standard #3) 
CatalogingThe ability to prepare accurate descriptions of library materials and to provide appropriate access to library materials.Co-sponsor workshops with OhioNET; Co-sponsor with vendors such as Sirsi, Follett; genrefying
CollaborationThe ability to build relationships and form partnerships with teachers, administrators, parents, school board members as well as other community organizations 
Collect EvidenceThe ability to aggregate student or teacher work to show growth in a specified learning standard or lesson. (Ohio Teaching Standard #3)Rejuvenate the EBP workshops
Collection ManagementThe ability to select and evaluate materials and to maintain a collection designed to meet the needs of the intended audience; includes conservation and preservationCo-sponsor workshops with vendors such as KapCo; ESL books for teens
CommunicationThe ability, through both verbal and written methods, to provide concise, timely, and accurate information to students, teachers, administrators, parents, school board members as well as community organizations. 
Curriculum StandardsThe ability to know and use the Ohio Learning Standards; media, technology, and information literacy standards (e.g., ISTE, AASL, NAMLE) for purposes of instruction and collection management. 
Data AssessmentThe ability to analyze information (usually test results) to determine trends, weaknesses in lessons etc. (Ohio Teaching Standards #4)Rejuvenate the EBP workshops
Data CollectionThe ability to compile student, teacher and district information for purposes of analyzing program effectiveness. (Ohio Teaching Standards #4) 
DifferentiationThe ability to apply a variety of methods of instruction, respond to students' readiness, instructional needs, interests and learning preferences and provide opportunities for students to work in varied instructional formats. 
EnvironmentThe ability to create a library/media center facility conducive to high quality learning. (Ohio Teaching Standard #5) 
EthicsThe ability to know and comply of with Ohio Ethics Law; ethics and values of library service 
Fiscal ResponsibilityThe ability to work within a given budget and act as a trustee of the district's assets including exercising due diligence to oversee that the library/media center is well-managed and that its financial situation remains sound. 
Instructional GoalsThe ability to know about instructional targets for learning by the teacher, student and district over a specified time period; the ability to create instructional targets for learning within the library program. (Ohio Teaching Standards #4) 
Instructional StrategiesThe ability to present instructional content in diverse ways to students and select appropriate delivery methods according to learner needs. 
Laws and PolicyThe ability to know and comply with school district policies; local, state, and federal laws as they apply to library services (e.g., copyright, privacy). 
LeadershipThe ability to set and model high performance standards characterized by integrity; to earn trust and respect of others by coaching, inspiring, empowering people within the building and school district. 
Plan LessonsThe ability to know, understand, and implement a lesson plan structure that includes curriculum standards and assessment. 
Professional Development for Self and OthersThe ability to recognize a need for knowledge, seek it, and share the information with coworkers and fellow media specialists. (Ohio Teaching Standards #7) 
Professional GoalsThe ability to create a set of target actions to accomplish within a chosen field of work. 
Reading and LiteracyThe ability to work with groups and individuals across the full range of learning needs to promote books in all formats for personal pleasure or growth.ESL books for teens
Records ManagementThe ability to organize and maintain library records; to generate many different types of reports to facilitate library planning and operation. 
ReferenceThe ability to determine patron needs and use various resources to provide clear and comprehensive information in response to requests. 
RelationshipsThe ability to build connections among/between teachers and students which enhance (or prohibit) the learning process. 
Routines and ProceduresThe ability to develop and implement library policies and procedures. 
Standards of ConductThe ability to know, understand, and implement a set of rules outlining the social norms and rules and responsibilities of, or proper practices for, all individuals and stakeholders. Related concepts include ethical, honor, moral codes and religious laws. 
Student AssessmentThe ability to create and use a tool to determine a student's mastery of a topic. Usually in conjunction with a content standard. (Ohio Teaching Standard #3) 
Student DemographicsThe ability to aggregate student information for purposes of instruction and/or program development. 
Student DevelopmentThe ability to know and understand the stages of student cognitive and psycho-social development and the implications for learning. The ability to know, understand, and monitor student progress during a specific period of learning (usually an assessment). (Ohio Teaching Standard #4) 
TechnologyThe ability to know, understand, and implement the technologies that are used within the library; basic computer skills; computer equipment; software; Internet (Web 2.0, library's website, online circulational system). 

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